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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Photographs

Printed Materials

Audio Visual Materials

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Genie Jones:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1939-1999, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Jones, Jean
Title: Genie Jones Papers,
Dates: 1939-1999
Abstract: The collection relates to the life and career of prominent Houston vocalist Genie Jones.
Collection # AV 89
Quantity: 3 boxes (3.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The singer Genie Jones was born Jean Bradford in 1923, in Petersburg, Virginia, and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, attending Western Hills High School. She sang locally with the Ches Wahle Orchestra at the age of fifteen. The summer before her senior year she won an audition to sing with the dance band on the second Island Queen excursion steamboat, launched in 1925. For the next few years she swapped jobs back and forth with Doris Day and the Clooney sisters as vocalists for the Barney Rapp and Clyde Trask orchestras.

Singing with bands nationwide, she met her husband Richard Madison (Spanky) Jones while performing at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis during World War II. After he was released from the U.S. Navy, the two came to Houston with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, in which he played drums. They helped found and operated the Houston School of Music and an instruments store while she continued to sing in places like the Congo Jungle, a Prohibition-era speakeasy where the patrons were hauled in a rickshaw from the parking lot.

Genie Jones also sang jazz at the Terra Club and the Geo Club with the Dick Baldridge Trio. For 35 years she worked with Dick Shannon, president of the local chapter of the American Federation of Musicians, doing voice work in the Houston advertising community. Many remember her as the national voice of "Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat." The Joneses eventually retired to Lubbock, where Spanky passed away on Jine 6, 2005.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains materials relating to Jones's family, training, vocal work with a variety of orchestras and career as performing artist in jazz, blues and popular music. The collection also includes substantial selections from her national and Houston-area commercial work. Photographs have been removed from their original albums and placed in acid-free sleeves for preservation. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Jones, Jean (Vocalist)
Powers, Freddy
Shannon, Dick
Subjects (Places)
Texas--Biography

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Genie Jones Papers, 1939-1999, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 2013-2014

Processed by

Elissa Stroman

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Collection Inventory

 

Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Awards: Houston Southwest Record Association Grand Prix, December 9, 1963
2 Books: Western Hills High School year book, 1939
5 Newspaper Articles, 1959-1999, and undated
3 Notebooks: "Commercials", undated
5 "My life story," misc., undated

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Photographs

box folder
1 6 Brown album, 1939
7 Che and Randi baby and toddler pictures, undated
8 Genie and Evelyn Mexico photo album, undated
9 Headshots, undated
10 Houston 1955 on and our wedding pictures photo album, 1955 and undated
11 Loose Photos, 1945, 1961, 1969, 1975 and undated
12 Navy Blue Album, 1940-2006, and undated
13 New Hotel Opening/Herbie and Randi Wedding photo album, 1971 and undated
14 Red Album, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1987, 1992, 2002, and undated
15 Spanky, Navy etc., 1929, 1938, 1945, 1948, and undated

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Printed Materials

box folder
1 16 Miscellaneous, 1945-2000, and undated
17 The Houston Musician, Numbers 5 and 6, April,1993

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Audio Visual Materials

Cassette Tapes
box item
1 18 Charlie Prause Trio / Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), undated
19 "Commercials", undated
20 C-90 Concertape, undated
21 Genie Commercials, undated
22 "Genie" Commercials, undated
23 Genie, Houston, undated
24 Houston Club, Clarey Sp. and Benie, February 10, 1996
25 Larry Caldwell, undated
26 Larry Hammett / Larry, undated
27 Show #1 Freddy / Show #2 Freddy Powers Powerhouse, June 1974
28 "The 26 Drumset Rudiments" by Peter Magadini as featured in Modern Drummer Magazine, Opening Solo / Closing Solo, July, 1977
25 Unlabeled Don Caldwell tape, undated
Compact Discs (CDs)
box item
1 30 Genie Jones CD Master Version 2, September 9, 1999
31 Genie Jones Sings, undated
32 Sunday Brunch--The Music, Genie Jones vocal, Spanky Jones drums (Sleepy Hollow Music), 1999
8-Track tapes
box item
1 33 "C", undated
34 Freddie Powers and the Powerhouse, 1973
35 "Genie" Commercials, undated
36 The Stellar Unit (2 ½ Racks), March 30, 1976
37 Unlabeled Maxwell, undated
38 Unlabeled Memorex-90, undated
39 Unlabeled Memorex-90, undated
40 Unlabeled, undated
Miscellaneous Media
box item
1 41 VHS Tape—"Freddie Meryl and Willie Denny Bird", undated
42 Zip Floppy Disc—Genie CD, undated
LP Albums
box item
2 1 The Man I Love: Featuring Jean Bradford vocals, Sonny Marx’s Orchestra/Sonny Marx-Vocal, Sonny Marx’s Orchestra (Fidelity Recordings), undated
2 Finale, Jean Bradford vocals (Torres Music Enterprises), undated
78 rpm Records
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2 3 Vocal by Jean Bradford (Audiodisc), August 19, 1940
4 Unlabeled record (Audiodisc-5284), undated
5 "The Man I Love" Featuring Jean Bradford vocal, Sonny Marx’s Orchestra (Fidelity Recordings), undated
6 "Hi Ya Pardna" / "Blue Norther" Jean Bradford (Torres Music Enterprises), undated
7 "Jimmy Was a Smart Man" / "Casin' The Joint", undated
8 "Size 12 Shoes" / "My Love, My Love", undated
45 rpm Records
box item
2 9 "Little Mama," Vocal: Genie Jones (ACA Recording Studios, Inc.), undated
10 "How Long Has This Been Going On" (George and Ira Gershwin) / "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" (Cole Porter), "We Kiss in a Shadow" (Richard Rodgers-Oscar Hammerstein II) (Capitol Records), undated
11 "Mother of Mine" / "Irish Eyes," Recorded by Rae (Crosley Home Recording Disc), November 25, 1940
box item
1 12 "Say It" / "I'll Never Smile Again," Recorded by Jean (Crosley Home Recording Disc), November 25, 1940
box item
2 13 "You Need Me" / "A Little of Your Love" Genie Jones vocals (Felsted), undated
14 "You Need Me" / "A Little of Your Love" Genie Jones vocals (Felsted) (Copy 2), undated
15 "You Need Me" / "A Little of Your Love" Genie Jones vocals (Felsted) (Copy 3), undated
16 "You Need Me" / "A Little of Your Love" Genie Jones vocals (Felsted) (Copy 4), undated
17 "The Boy from Eponima" [sic] / "Our Love is Here to Stay," Genie Jones vocals (Goldstar Recording Studios), undated
18 "Houston Song" (D. Shannon) Dick Shannon Music Choral Group / "Why Houston?" (narration) Dick Shannon Music Production (Houston in Sound), undated
19 "Ferryboat Serenade" / "Cougar" (Philco Safety Record), November 23, 1940
20 "Mother" / "My Day," (Philco Safety Record), November 23, 1940
21 "Silent" / "Laughing Record," (Philco Safety Record), November 23, 1940
22 "It Isn’t Easy" (Shannon) Dick Shannon Music Featuring Genie Jones / "Sandra Ann" (Shannon) Dick Shannon Music Featuring Ned Harrington (Rx Records), undated
23 "It Isn’t Easy" (Shannon) Dick Shannon Music Featuring Genie Jones / "Sandra Ann" (Shannon) Dick Shannon Music Featuring Ned Harrington (Rx Records) (Copy 2), undated
24 "You Need Me," Genie Jones / "A Little of Your Love," Genie Jones (Tara), undated
25 "You Need Me," Genie Jones / "A Little of Your Love," Genie Jones (Tara) (Copy 2), undated
26 "You Need Me," Genie Jones / "A Little of Your Love," Genie Jones (Tara) (Copy 3), undated
27 "I’ll Never Love Again" (Branch-Hagen) Ned Harrington with Dick (Spanky) Jones Orchestra / "Whirlpool" (Tuttle-Hagen) Ned Harrington with Dick (Spanky) Jones Orchestra (Zip), undated
28 "I’ll Never Love Again" (Branch-Hagen) Ned Harrington with Dick (Spanky) Jones Orchestra / "Whirlpool" (Tuttle-Hagen) Ned Harrington with Dick (Spanky) Jones Orchestra (Zip), undated

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